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March 27, 2017 - 10:58 am


Senate panel to meet on court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel is meeting to consider President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court and Democrats are widely expected to delay a vote until next week.

The Judiciary Committee is gathering at noon on Monday. Democrats have the power to seek a one-week postponement on a decision on Neil Gorsuch, the Denver-based appeals court judge.

A dozen Democrats and independents, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have announced their opposition to the nominee, arguing that Gorsuch has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes Gorsuch would get Democratic votes in the end, but he seems ready to change Senate rules, if necessary, to confirm him with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes now required to move forward.


NEW: Jared Kushner to answer Senate questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

The White House says Jared Kushner has agreed to speak with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's committee but has not yet received confirmation of a meeting. The White House noted that throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and transition Kushner served as the main point of contact with foreign governments and officials.

It was not immediately clear when or how the questioning would take place or whether Kushner would be under oath.

Lawmakers have been investigating possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials and whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election.


Trump asks appeals court to let travel ban take effect

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is asking a federal appeals court to let his travel ban go into effect while it considers the case.

Attorneys for the president want the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold a lower court judge's ruling that blocked his revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries while the court considers the merits of its appeal.

The administration says the people named in the case haven't shown they will suffer "substantial harm" if the order takes effect. The administration says the nationwide injunction blocking the ban is "fatally overbroad."

The Maryland ruling and a separate ruling in Hawaii were victories for civil liberties groups and advocates for immigrants and refugees.

The Richmond, Virginia-based court will hear arguments in the case May 8.


Family honors American killed in London attack

LONDON (AP) — The family of an American man killed last week in the London attack has offered tribute to his generosity and say they are grateful for the help and support so many have shown during a horrible time.

Kurt W. Cochran from Utah was on the last day of a European trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed on Westminster Bridge. They were visiting her parents, who are serving as Mormon missionaries in London.

Family spokesman Clint Payne told reporters Tuesday that Cochran's wife, Melissa, is steadily improving.

Payne says the most difficult aspect of the experience has been that "Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly."

Payne says that Cochran "left a legacy of generosity and service that continues to inspire us."


Russian opposition leader Navalny gets jail term

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders.

A court in Moscow on Monday ruled to arrest Navalny, who was detained on Sunday as he was making his way to a massive protest in Moscow.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia on Sunday in what were largely unauthorized demonstrations against government corruption. Navalny and his associates organized the protests, which were the biggest show of defiance in Russia since the 2011-2012 anti-government protests.


Netanyahu welcomes new US ambassador 'to Jerusalem'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) says he looks forward to welcoming new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to Israel "and especially to Jerusalem."

Netanyahu is addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful Israel lobby group. He's alluding to the Trump administration's deliberations about whether to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in line with Israel's longstanding wishes.

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to move the embassy, but now says he's examining the issue closely. Friedman is expected to work at least partially out of Jerusalem, where he has a home.

Netanyahu didn't mention his government's dialogue with the Trump administration about limiting settlement construction. He spoke Monday by video feed from Jerusalem.


NEW: Christie to join White House opioid effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join a White House effort to combat opioid abuse.

A White House official said Monday that the governor would work on an opioid task force that will be announced later this week. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

Christie's role in the effort was first reported by the Washington Post.

The governor has dedicated his final year in office to curbing heroin and prescription drug addiction in his state. Last month he signed legislation into law which includes a five-day limit for first-time opioid prescriptions and a requirement that insurance cover six months of substance abuse treatment.

Christie met with Trump on the issue in February.


UPDATE: Chief raises deadly nightclub injury tally to 16

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati police chief has raised the number of people injured in a deadly nightclub shooting to 16.

Chief Elliot Isaac also says five people are still hospitalized, two in critical condition and three in serious condition.

A 17th victim, 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes, was killed in the Sunday morning shooting at the Cameo nightclub.

Isaac told the Cincinnati City Council in a Monday update that four uniformed officers working off-duty security at the Cameo club were not permitted to work inside the club under department rules.

Isaac said it appears multiple individuals fired shots. The chief is urging witnesses to come forward and cooperate with the investigation.

Cameo's operator says it will remain closed until police and internal investigations are completed.


US stocks open lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks and industrial companies are leading stocks lower on Wall Street in early trading.

Morgan Stanley lost 4.5 percent early Monday and copper miner Freeport-McMoRan slumped 5 percent.

Traders are worrying that the defeat of the Republican-backed health care reform bill last week will mean more difficulty getting tax cuts and other part of President Donald Trump's agenda passed.


Justices won't hear appeal in music copyright dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from record companies that want to pursue copyright infringement claims against music site Vimeo for hosting unauthorized recordings from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classic artists.

The justice on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that said websites are protected from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Capital Records and other music companies sued Vimeo for violating copyright laws based on 199 videos uploaded by users. A federal judge ruled a federal "safe harbor" law did not cover pre-1972 recordings that are protected by state law.

But a New York federal appeals court overturned that ruling, saying service providers would incur heavy costs to monitor every posting or risk "crushing liabilities" under state law.


Multiple rounds of severe storms in US forecast

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say strong storms that swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma are just the beginning of what's expected to be a busy week of severe weather.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the storm system that struck the Southern Plains on Sunday will take aim Monday at Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley states. Forecasters say damaging winds and large hail are the biggest threats Monday, particularly in western Kentucky, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, including the Memphis area.

Bad weather is again in the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

On Sunday, forecasters received a report of a tornado in Ada, Oklahoma, about 65 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, but no substantial damage has been reported.


ACLU battles Georgia over toddler's last name of 'Allah'

ATLANTA (AP) — A civil rights group is suing Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially name its 22-month-old child "Allah."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed the lawsuit recently in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of the couple, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk.

At issue is the child's proposed last name of Allah.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/2nXQe5J ) that Georgia Department of Public Health lawyers say state law requires a baby's surname to be either that of the father of the mother for the initial birth record.

State officials say the child's name — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah — should either be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two.

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